Oct. 5, 2018

Pixie cups

Continuing the occasional effort to look outside the wildflower box, here's a two-fer.  Moss and pixie or elf cups.  Or just looking at the cups, fungus and algae.  Lichens are of course fungus growing with intertwined algae and/or bacteria.  The combination enables the fungi to benefit from photosynthetic food.  Worth noting since lichens cover about 6 % of the earth.  These were growing a little uphill from the bluets, where it was a little rockier and dryer.